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This week I chat with the fantastic Erik Gauger, creator of the wonderful travel site Notes From The Road.
Stephen Fan is a designer and adjunct assistant professor in the Art History and Architectural Studies department at Connecticut College. His latest project is a traveling exhibition and book called Sub-Urbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns and the Contested American Landscape. The project studies the ways that immigrant Chinese casino workers in Connecticut have converted single family homes into multi-family communities. In his project, we see how the social and aesthetic norms of American suburban living are transformed and re-interpreted to suit the cultural beliefs and lifestyles of immigrant workers. For example, in these homes, a patio space becomes an extra kitchen for communal cooking, extra walls are added to the living room to create new bedrooms, and front lawns are repurposed as gardens for growing Chinese produce.
BTR rounds up the best “Mirrorgrams” of of the world!
This week we catch up with student and photographer Heath Owens, author behind the blog A Chronic Case of Resfeber!
Super Week – How an online magazine immerses itself in different cultures to unearth buried stories. Founder of The Velvet Rocket sits down to chat with BTR about immersion journalism.
Photographer Carolyn Russo has been traveling the world photographing the architecture of air traffic control towers. These essential, but often overlooked, structures are the subject of Carolyn’s new book and National Air and Space Museum exhibition Art of the Airport Tower.
Dish + Drink’s Rebecca Chodorkoff sits down for a slice with Corey Mintz and Tim Reitzes, two of the creators of ‘The New York Pizza Project’: a lush, coffee table photography book documenting classic New York City slice shops.
Mobile Week – When you search the hashtag #Vanlife on Instagram, nearly 300,000 photos and videos appear. A curated collection of camper vans beside golden, Rocky Mountain landscapes and lakeside views from the Pacific Northwest adorn the screen. Ryan Sellmeyer, one of the many photographers posting to the tag, spoke with BTR about putting rubber to the road and the endless adventures that await.
This week we chat with freelance Chicago-based journalist Robert Loerzel, author behind the music blog The Underground Bee.
Irish visual artist Eimearjean McCormack works with various media, including silkscreen printing, alternative photographic techniques, and innovative hybrids of such methods. She is currently earning an Master’s in graphic design.
For the several years photographer Daniel Cronin attended The Gathering of the Juggalos, an annual festival for die-hard fans of the horrorcore rap group The Insane Clown Posse. In his photographs, Daniel depicts Juggalos of every stripe, likening his approach to that of early 20th century German photographer August Sander who made egalitarian portraits of his countrymen. These photographs have been published in a book by Prestel, and I spoke with Daniel over the phone from Portland about his experiences at Gathering, misconceptions about Juggalo culture and some of his other projects.
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He’s written several books on the subject, and his newest, Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen, is published by Aperture. In the book Ritchin takes a critical look at the state of documentary photography and visual journalism in the twenty-first century media landscape. Richin wonders, do photographs still have any power in a world where billions of images are made, shared, linked, and liked every day? Bending the Frame also asks the question: how can photojournalists and citizens use photography to help solve some of the world’s problems, rather than just document them?
Photographer Ryan Spencer spent about two years watching dozens of disaster movies. As he went he photographed stills from these epic-destruction fests using black and white film and a polaroid land camera.
This week we are chatting with professional cinematic photographer Mitch Waite. Waite, who lives in London, will go over the basics of cinematic photography with us, plus what the must see films of 2015 are so far!
This week we’re chatting about cinematic photography with London based photographer Mitch Waite, author behind a blog of the same name that documents his experiences!
Although #NoFilter may have been a popular trend on Instagram a few years ago, the app and its users have begun to embrace more editing on photos uploaded to the feed.
This week we speak with Jane Brown, editor of the new photo book Both Sides of Sunset. The book examines how photographers have documented the geography, landscape, architecture and people of Los Angeles.
Canadian visual sociologist Kyler Zeleny has amassed thousands of Polaroid photographs. Over 100 of them are displayed online, and the public is welcome to submit collecting flash-fiction submissions about the photographed people.
Photographer Meryl Meisler grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, and in the 1970s she began photographing her family, friends and neighbors around her suburban home town. As a photographer, Meryl is drawn to the antics of everyday life, and in her intimate and often hilarious photos we’re treated to scenes like a man juggling cardboard boxes after the prom, her young cousin grimacing at the camera from atop a toilet seat, or an amazing image of a couple smiling to the camera from a bedroom decked out in butterfly print wallpaper and matching bedspread.
Photographer Nona Faustine poses nude before former New York City slave trading spots, calling attention to history’s enduring legacy. The Brooklyn-born artist has been bringing awareness to the city’s roots in slavery within her latest self-portrait series, “White Shoes.”
Photographer Jen Rozenbaum breaks down stigmatized intimate images, teaching and encouraging women to embrace their sexuality and version of femininity. She chats with BTR about how she perceives boudoir.
**Encore broadcast, originally aired on 4/22/11** Ever wondered what the world would be like without clothes? This week on Sew & Tell, in honor of BTR’s Vice Week, we talk with a photographer who investigated that question on the streets of New York City. After shooting fashion week coverage one year, Erica Simone got thinking about the industry’s obsession with image and appearance. This eventually translated into Nue York a project of self-portraits she did in common, everyday New York situations… totally nude. On today’s show, Erica answers a few of the billion questions that come to mind when you see her images (“What was it like??”) and discusses the questions she aims to address with this work. Plus, we’ve got another great track off The Kills’ latest album this week, as well as music from Sweet Soubrette, Bell X1, Iron & Wine, and a gorgeous, symphonic piece from The War On Drugs. Stick around for some soul-searching here on BreakThru Radio…
Leon Borensztein’s black-and-white photographs capture members of the working class from 1979 to 1989. The project touches on the yearning for and reality of the American Dream.
This week on the show, artist Jessamyn Lovell talks about photography, surveillance and what it was like tracking down the woman who stole her identity. Jessamyn’s work is currently on view at CENTER in Santa Fe and SCA Contemporary in Albuquerque. Her new book, in which she chronicles her efforts to find her identity thief, is available now from SF Camerawork.
Made in the USA Week – Aspects of American culture, nature, and cuisine make our country truly unique. We’re proud to be American for many reasons, be it iconic photographs, jazz music, tater tots, or vast landscapes.
Fan Week – It seems as though there are two types of concert attendees: those that are constantly taking photos and videos of the event and those that leave their phones/cameras in their pockets or at home. Since many of us here at BTR enjoy some live music now and again, we decided to chime in on the matter.
This week we get expert travel photography tips with photographer Laurence Norah, plus my top five tips to rocking fan events!
PHOTOBLOG: The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art displaying medieval art and architecture. It has been open to the public since 1938. Pieces of five separate European monasteries or convents were shipped to the United States and reassembled to create what is currently The Cloisters.
In his book, Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Age, Robert Burley documents the infrastructure that for nearly 100 years supported film photography. Robert was granted access to shuddered film factories to photograph the massive machines and interior spaces where thousands of workers once made film in total darkness. He visited Dwanye’s photo lab in Kansas: the last photo lab in the world to process Kodak’s iconic Kodachrome film. And, for the most dramatic pictures in the book, Robert photographed the demolitions of film manufacturing buildings at Kodak’s headquarters in Rochester New York.
This week we catch up with amateur astronomy and photographer Phil Ostroff. Phil will teach you all about what instruments you will need to photograph the cosmos or, if you don’t have a few thousand dollars, how to find people who will help you do it for free!
This week we chat with amateur astronomer and photographer of the cosmos Phil Ostroff about the great big sky above us!
My guest this week is Antwerp-based photographer Jan Kempenaers. Jan broke out on the photography scene in 2010 when he published a book called Spomenik. The book documents the giant geometric sculptures that were built across the countryside of the former Yugoslavia in the 60s and 70 as monuments to various sites and battles from World War Two. Jan traveled to these isolated sites to photograph these alien-looking sculptures. Before Jan’s project these monuments were largely unknown except to the people in the small towns where they’re located.
When photographer Patrick Gookin moved to Los Angeles he found himself spending a lot of time in the car. Driving to work he began to notice how strange and out of place the pedestrians looked. Often alone, these figures seemed totally enveloped by an urban environment designed primarily for motorists.
Photographer Tessa Traeger has been using a trove of victorian glass negatives to create her new project The Chemistry of light. For the project she rephotographed these old plate negatives as still lives using natural light and mirrors to highlight the dramatic forms of chemical decay that have transformed the negatives over their hundred plus years in storage. The result are ghostly, dreamlike views of Victorian England. Some photographs in the project show everyday scenes like a crowd at the beach. Other images are abstractions in which the negative’s curled or damaged emulation creates a rainbow of color and folds of texture that nearly obscure the photograph’s subject. According to Tessa, the Chemistry of Light project is also about photography itself. She says that as chemical processes give way to digital technology, her collection of damaged and decaying photographs serve as a metaphor for the death of analog photography as a medium.
Laurie Simmons’ photo exhibit at the Jewish Museum in NYC critiques a culture in which people alter themselves to look like dolls. Observers can consider the ways in which people alter their appearance with costumes, cosmetics, and in extreme cases, plastic surgery.
When it comes to digital photo sharing, Instagram is the most popular app. With 300 million monthly users worldwide as of December 2014, it would seem Instagram has situated itself as the only photo-sharing app worth using. In addition, Instagram’s new Layout offshoot provides strong competition to already established photo collage apps.
San Francisco based photographer Jin Zhu’s project Endless Stream looks at California’s Central Valley. Jin has been documenting the ways that water — and lack of it — transforms the landscape and the ways that humans live on the land.
This week, I got to speak with talented young photographer, actor and NYU student Sasha Frolova, whose recently made headlines with a unique portrait series featuring her grandmother. Sasha selected specific F/W 2015 beauty looks from the runways of February’s NYFW, and replicated them on her grandmother, creating a surreal, dream-like, compelling series that challenges preconceptions of age and beauty, and raises questions about feminine identity within fashion. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Sasha about her discovery of photography, why she wanted to create this series with her grandmother, the incredible fashion icon and role model her grandmother has been in her life, her latest photography project, and more. Plus, I’ve got a playlist filled with the latest indie releases including brand new Sufjan Stevens and The Cribs, as well as tracks off the debut albums from two talented singer-songwriters, Sarah Bethe Nelson and Shana Falana. So join us and learn in style – fashion class is in session with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Photographer and choreographer Mickael Jou is taking 365 professional self-portraits around the world. “I want to feel like I’m flying away and magical,” Jou tells BTR. “This is my world; the thing about photography is that everyone has their own world.”
BitchCoins: An artist’s new currency system for selling her photographs.
Taking photos of your food could both enhance and hinder your dining experience.
Selfie Week – Adam Alter shares insight on how humans perceive red.
Jamie Beck is a fashion photographer, and her fiance Kevin Burg is a visual designer and computer whiz. The two pooled their talents, resources, and ingenuity to create this incredible, unique process. On today’s show they’ll share about how cinemagraphs began, their future plans for the new form, and Jamie will talk about her experiences in fashion photography (including a day behind the scenes at Oscar de la Renta!)
Selfie Week – A chat with the co-founder of Selfie on a Stick about the product’s craze.
NYC Museums ban the selfie stick, a new rule for a new device.
French artist Benoit Jammes captures the kitchen as a skate park.
‘Subtext’ captures the beauty beneath removed subway ads.
This week on the show U.K.-based artist Sig Waller joins me to talk about her collage work and paintings. Through the use of found images and dark humor, Sig says her work explores the “dark corners of cultural excess” and asks the question, “How will future intelligence make sense of our times?”
Jenny Vogel is a new media artist working in video, photography, printmaking, performance and installation. She’s interested in the world as seen through communication technology — web cameras, morse code, fax machines — and the way we use these tools to overcome distance, alienation and loneliness. Her work exposes the glitches and limitations of technology and reveals the strange miscommunications it can produce. Jenny is especially interested in the video feeds from web cameras that are placed in city centers and homes around the world. These cameras broadcast ghostly pictures of places that seem to be devoid of human activity, and Jenny uses images from these broadcasts to construct her own narratives in her videos and prints.
I have a very cool feature for you on this week’s Sew & Tell; my guest is Dutch photographer/conceptual artist Hans Eijkelboom, whose recently published tome of street photography, People of the Twenty-First Century, has been making waves in the street style community. For over twenty years on an almost daily basis, Hans has visited public spaces like markets and shopping malls, seeking out repetitive patterns in human behavior and appearance. Of the visual patterns that are evident in this collection, one of the most remarkable is the repetition of street style and fashion trends. Grid after grid of people wearing the same shirt, same jacket, same hat, same bag, on the same day, add up to a visual catalogue of fashion and culture consumption. On today’s show, Hans talks about how the project first began, his process of taking pictures and finding patterns, its significance as a collection, how the age of the internet has changed street style, and more. Plus, I have music in the mix today from Brit pop legend Robert Wyatt, Cleveland indie pop trio Filmstrip, the reunited Copeland, and more. So join us as we examine the evidence of fashion as machine, with Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
The popularization of the selfie stick is changing the art of selfie-taking as we know it.
A London-based filmmaker and photographer compiled his photographs of lost feline posters.

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